Brett Ratner Set to Produce the Hugh Hefner Biopic

Posted 2017/04/11 0 0

Brett Ratner is re-launching development on a Hugh Hefner biopic project through his RatPac Entertainment, which has optioned the life rights to the Playboy magazine founder, Variety said.


Over a decade ago, director Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) began developing a Hugh Hefner biopic called Playboy. Brian Grazer was going to produce the film about the founder of Playboy, which Oliver Stone once developed a few drafts for alongside 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver. Ratner and all involved talked about Robert Downey Jr. and Hugh Jackman for the role, but eventually Universal dropped the project and Ratner moved on. Now, he’s circled back to it and intends to produce the film.

According to Deadline, Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment company has now secured the rights to produce a biopic on this polarizing figure’s life and the project will be spearheaded by Ratner himself alongside Hefner and his Playboy company. Joining Ratner and Hef on the production team will be John Cheng, Dick Rosenzweig and Peter Jaysen. Regarding the announcement, Hefner said:

“In recent years there has been plenty of interest and much conversation about doing a feature film based on my life. I have always believed that when the timing was truly right, the perfect creative partners would come together for this project. I believe we’ve found those partners in Brett Ratner and RatPac Entertainment. I’m very much looking forward to this collaboration.”

Brett Ratner himself adds:

“Hugh Hefner started a sexual revolution from behind the walls of his legendary mansion by using the pages of Playboy Magazine and his own infamous lifestyle to build a global empire that included publishing, clubs, casinos and television networks.”

Amazon Prime launched “American Playboy,” a 13-part documentary series on Hefner, earlier this week.

Hefner launched Playboy as a monthly in 1953 with a centerfold photo of Marilyn Monroe. Playboy become a massive success, peaking with 7.1 million copies sold for the November, 1972, issue, but the magazines fortunes have been in decline in recent years.

Hefner turns 91 on April 9. His son Cooper Hefner is currently the public face of the magazine.